Earlier this year, I spent a week in Copenhagen for the photography of the Dutch / German 100% Kopenhagen city guide. I love the capital of Denmark: the city has the right size (not too small, not too big). You can drive around on a bike without being hit by a car ánd not miss a thing. The people are warm and friendly and they know how to beautifully wrap their delicatessen and how to design a restaurant, which is something we really, really love. Although I could go on and on, these are a few addresses I want to share right now.
Near Nørreport Metro Station you’ll find the biggest food market in town: two huge brand new glass houses, in summer connected by a small open air market. There are more than 60 stands, all making and selling great food. It’s heaven for foodies: some stands make finger food and superb coffee, others sell products like fish, cheese, vegetables. One of my favourite stands is run by the grandson of the founder of a Danish “Viktualie-Handel”, Danish for a grocery store. I wish I had brought a bigger suitcase.
Frederiksborggade 21, http://torvehallernekbh.dk
When you wake me in the middle of the night, it better be with a slice of real good bread and cheese: bread simply is my favourite comfort food ever. During my bike tours across town, I discovered Nordisk Brødhus. They bake all their bread (with organic flour from a mill nearby) in a wood-fired oven in the back of the small bright shop. It’s a nice place for a quick cup of coffee with a “kanelsnegle”, but you can have lunch or supper too.
Rantzausgade 58-B, http://nordiskbrodhus.dk
A famous deli in town, situated at various locations. Owner Claus Meyer wrote some beautiful cookbooks, which, if you’d ask me, should be translated in English. Have a healthy breakfast or lunch at the store on Kongevej to taste Claus’ bread and pastries, buy yourself some “eddike” (vinegar) or some “lakrids” powder, liquorice powder. The Danes tend to cook with liquorice a lot, and if you like to experiment at home it’s an ingredient you shouldn’t miss.
Gammel Kongevey 107, http://www.meyersdeli.dk
One of the most relaxed places I had breakfast during my visit, was Dyrehavn. Simple, good food, great atmosphere, lovely people, just perfect. A bit old fashioned, but with the best Eggs Benedict I’ve had in years. Need I say more?
Sønder Boulevard 72, http://www.dyrehavenkbh.dk
Although you might expect the restaurants in Scandinavia to be all white and bright, I found myself often in quite a dark place. Hardly any lights, lots of candles and dark wood: the latest trend? Paté-Paté is another former meat packing building turned restaurant in the Kødbyen area. The staff is friendly, the food is international (think both sides of the Mediterranean) but with local ingredients. I had a great salad here, which I will try to make at home one day.
Slagterboderne 1, http://www.patepate.dk
Not in an adventurous mood? When craving for a quick and affordable pizza, come to mama. At Mother they make real good pizza, and the place looks nice too. In summer there is a terrace on the street.
Høkerboderne 9-15, http://mother.dk
On my personal wish-list for the next visit:
– Having dinner at Bror, run by two former chefs of Noma
– Do some foodie shopping at Løgismose
– Have coffee at The Coffee Collective at Jaegersbrogade (they’re in Torvehallerne as well)
– Spoil myself and go to Kadeau for lunch.
Thanks Erika Kaufmann, who selected some of these addresses for her city guide!